June 21-22, 2019

International Colloquium “Democracy, Socialism and Engagement: Axel Honneth and Critical Theory Today”, Belgrade, 21-22. June, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory and Ilija M. Kolarac Endowement

International Colloquium “Democracy, Socialism and Engagement: Axel Honneth and Critical Theory Today”, Belgrade, 21-22. June, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory and Ilija M. Kolarac Endowement

 

The two-day international colloquium “Democracy, Socialism and Engagement: Axel Honneth and Critical Theory Today” is organized by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy and the Center for Advanced Studies of the University of Rijeka. One of the leading contemporary philosophers and critical theorists, Axel Honneth, will take part in the colloquium. Axel Honneth is Jack C. Weinstein Professor of Humanities at the Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, and former Director of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, the institutional locus of the Frankfurt School. Honneth is the key figure of the contemporary Frankfurt School critical theory, an interdisciplinary tradition that has evolved since the 1930-s and which investigates the causes behind the fact that true societal emancipation – the overcoming of all forms of social injustice and domination and the provision of basic resources for dignified life to all human beings, which the level of technological development today definitely allows for – has so far not been realized.

The colloquium is organized on the occasion of the publication of Axel Honneth’s book The Idea of Socialism: Toward a Renewal (Die Idee des Sozialismus: Versuch einer Aktualisierung) in Serbian by the publisher Akademska knjiga. Its focus will therefore be on those obstacles to true societal emancipation which are characteristic for the present day, such as the populist and technocratic attacks on the existing democracy, the impossibility of articulating a plausible and convincing alternative to global capitalism (a vision of democratic socialism adequate for today) and the difficulties that the existing forms of political and social engagement are facing when confronting the complex contemporary modes of social domination. In his lecture “Democracy and the Division of Labor: a Blind Spot in Political Philosophy”, Axel Honneth addresses one crucial obstacle to societal emancipation – the problem of how to democratize the sphere of societal labor, that is, how to overcome the intrinsically hierarchical and fragmenting nature of the division of labor in capitalism. Contrary to the frequently promoted idea in the Serbian public sphere that the organization of labor in the style of “Manchester capitalism” (incessant, alienated work accompanied by brutal discipline) is the one that brings prosperity to societies such as Serbia, Axel Honneth will present, on the basis of an expanded conception of the division of societal labor, preliminary normative guidelines for reorganizing the sphere of work in the direction of greater societal democratization, which is a necessary precondition for achieving economic welfare.

The colloquium is organized with the support of the Goethe Institute in Serbia, Open Society Foundation and the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.

Programme

Friday, 21. June

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

10:00  Smail Rapić, University of Wuppertal

Honneths Marx-Kritik in Die Idee des Sozialismus – eine Entgegnung (Honneth’s Critique of Marx in The Idea of Socialism  – a Response)

12:00 Charles Djordjevic, University of Zürich

Recognizing Expressions of Pain: Honneth, Wittgenstein, and the Normative Underpinnings of the Social World

14:00 Lunch

Ilija M. Kolarac Endowement

Mala sala (Small Lecture Hall)

17:00 Petar Bojanić, Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade

Welcome address followed by the Ceremony of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory’s Annual Award for Critical Engagement “Miladin Životić”

17:15 Axel Honneth, Columbia University

Award Lecture: Democracy and the Division of Labor. A blind spot in political philosophy

18:15   Smail Rapić, University of Wuppertal

Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, University of Rijeka

Marjan Ivković, the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade

Comments on Axel Honneth’s Award Lecture

Saturday, 22. June

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

09:00 Seminar with Axel Honneth on the book The Idea of Socialism: Towards a Renewal (Die Idee des Sozialismus: Versuch einer Aktualisierung).

Participants: Željko Radinković, Predrag Krstić, Aleksandar Fatić, Rastko Jovanov, Marjan Ivković, Srdjan Prodanović, Jelena Vasiljević, Adriana Zaharijević, Igor Cvejić, Mark Lošonc (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Đorđe Pavićević (University of Belgrade), Simon Pistor (University of Zürich), and author

12:30 Lunch

13:00 Zdravko Kobe, University of Ljubljana

Transformation of Public Knowing: Some Hegelian Remarks in Honneth’s Mode

15:00 Marco Solinas, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa

The Actuality of Marx’s Errors. Neoliberalism and Honneth’s Idea of Socialism

 

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